MLB – Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Dodgers

The Tigers haven’t been swept since May (they lost a two-game series at Boston May 18-19); the last three game series they lost was April 29-May 1 at Cleveland. They have now lost two against the Dodgers (as many who picked the late game the past two nights know) and are trying to avoid being swept.

During interleague in May, the Tigers lost the first two at Pittsburgh. Over the weekend, they lost the first two at Colorado. Perhaps a trend is in place?

Rick Porcello had a terrible outing on Friday against Colorado, only pitching through three innings, allowing nine hits and eight earned runs, including a home run. He had zero strikeouts and his ERA ballooned to 4.18 (from 3.61). Porcello is 6-5 on the season, and he has lost his past two starts. He does allow a lot of hits – in his 13 starts, he only has two games where he has allowed three or fewer hits. However, in eight of those starts, he’s allowed only two earned runs or less. The danger with Porcello is he has given up nine home runs this season.

Porcello did face the Dodgers as a rookie, on May 23 last year. He pitched six innings, allowed nine hits, two earned runs, had two walks and two strikeouts in the win.

The Dodgers, meanwhile are looking to win four in a row for the first time this season. Ted Lilly will take the mound. Regardless of whether or not Lilly got the win or the loss, the Dodgers have alternated wins and losses each time Lilly starts, dating back to April 2 this season. He last pitched against Houston and took the loss. In that game, he gave up eight hits and five earned runs in 5.1 innings. He’s 5-6 on the season with a 4.26 ERA.

Lilly last faced the Tigers in June 2009, where he took the loss, after allowing ten hits, including two home runs and six earned runs in six innings.

Detroit is the better team here and the Dodgers have not swept a team at all this season.

Pick: Detroit Tigers

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